John Cassidy and Ryan Lizza will be live-blogging during the former F.B.I. Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, starting at 10 A.M., E.S.T. Comey will testify on his interactions with Trump and on the F.B.I.’s investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 Presidential election. Yesterday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released Comey’s opening statement, detailing the events of nine private meetings between Comey and Trump, which Comey documented in a series of memos written immediately after the meetings occurred. His opening statement confirmed several reports that have trickled out over the past month, including that the President told Comey, “I expect loyalty,” and pressured him to “let go” of the Bureau’s investigation into Trump’s national-security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Comey’s statement raises several questions for the senators today: Was Trump’s request to end the Flynn investigation tantamount to obstruction of justice? How did the relationship between the President and his F.B.I. director deteriorate from one of “honest loyalty” to termination? And does the F.B.I. have evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia?
Some Democratic senators, such as the Intelligence Committee’s vice-chairman, Mark Warner, may also want to ask Mr. Comey about his handling of the Clinton investigation last fall.
In the meantime, as we wait for the hearing to start, here’s a reading list of previous New Yorker stories about Comey:
• Peter Elkind’s extended analysis of the events leading up to Comey’s firing: “James Comey’s Conspicuous Independence”
• A deep dive from Nicholas Schmidle on “James Comey’s Intellectual History”
• David Remnick asks, “Is the Comey Memo the Beginning of the End for Trump?”
• Benjamin Wallace-Wells on the see-sawing partisan opinion of Comey: “James Comey and the Revenge of Washington’s Professional Class”
• Amy Davidson on Comey and the Justice Department: “Jeff Sessions’s Role in James Comey’s Firing”
• Ryan Lizza’s take on how the White House failed to avoid a P.R. nightmare: “How the White House got James Comey Wrong”
• John Cassidy on Comey’s last testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, “James Comey’s Remarkable Five Hours on Capitol Hill,” and on his role in the Clinton investigation last fall, “James Comey’s October Surprise”